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March 06, 1964 - Image 11

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1964-03-06

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UN IT ED NATIONS, N.Y.
(JTA)—The U.N. Commission
on Human Rights, which has
been in session here two weeks
debating a draft Convention on
the Elimination of All. Forms
of Racial Intolerance, was
presented with a U.S. amend-
ment to that draft specifically
condemning "anti-Semitism as
a form of racial discrimina-
tion."
The amendment would in-
struct all governments to "take
action as appropriate for its
(anti-Semitism's) eradication in
the territories subject to their
jurisdiction." The clause is to
be debated by the full, 21-mem-
ber commission.
The amendment was pre-
sented by the head of the
U.S. delegation in the com-
mission. Mrs. Marietta Tree,
after a suggestion that con-
demnation of racism must
mention anti-Semitism spe-
cifically had been made by
Dr. Isaac Lewin, representa-
tive of the Agudas Israel
World Organization.
He was supported by Dr.
Joel Barromi, Israel's deputy
permanent representative here.
Dr. Lewin's organization has
consultative status before the
commission as a nongovern-
mental organization, while Is-
rael's status is that of an of-
ficial observer.
Experienced U.N. diplomats
and Secretariat members noted
that it was very rare for a
government delegation to act
as promptly as the United
States did on the suggestion of
a nongovernmental body.
Dr. Lewin, who has a voice
but not a vote in the commis-
sion, had urged the group that
one of the draft convention
articles which condemns apart-
heid and racism should also
mention anti-Semitism speci-
fically. He pointed out that, his-
torically, from ancient Greek
and Roman times, through the
Nazi era and down to the
present, professed opponents of
racism have, nevertheless, ad-
vocated or incited toward anti-
Semitism.
Mrs. Tree, taking her cue
from Dr. Lewin immediately,
then proposed an oral amend-
ment adding the term "anti-
Semitism" in the context
that he had spotlighted. When
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with her in principle but in-
sisted that anti-Semitism be
brought into another con-
text, she withdrew her oral
amendment and presented
the separate article condemn-
ing anti-Semitism.
Dr. Barromi delivered a brief
but impassioned plea to the
commission, requesting it not
"to miss this historic opportun-
ity to state formally a repudia-
tion" of anti-Semitism. Such
a formulation, he said, "could
bring encouragement and hope
to millions of suffering human
beings."
Meanwhile, a working group
of 15 of the commission's mem-
bers continued to try to ham-
mer out an acceptable text for
another proposed U.N. declara-
tion and convention, which
would assure freedom from re-
ligious intolerance to all peo-
ples throughout the world.
Members of the commission
hoped that the group would
conclude debate this week on
the antiracism draft, turning
thereafter to the religious free-
dom item on the group's
agenda.
The U.N. commission was
asked by the Bnai Brith and
the Board of Deputies of Brit-
ish Jews to pay more urgent
attention to the item which
calls for adoption of an inter-
national ban on all forms of
religious discriminations.
"It is by no means too soon,"
stated the two organizations in
a memorandum submitted to the
commission, "to establish an
effective and meaningful stand-
ard of achievement" in the area
of religious freedoms.
The World Union for Pro-
gressive Judaism, which repre-
sents Jewish Reform groups in
a number of countries, also
nudged the commission on this
issue through a separate state-
ment.
The American Jewish Com-
mittee charged that the Soviet
Union allows its 3 million
Jews "neither to assimilate,
nor to live according to the
dictates of their consciences,
nor to emigrate" and that the
Kremlin authorities have
"trapped" the Soviet Jews
"in a desperate perdicament."
The accusations were leveled
in a document filed by the AJC
with the UN Commission on Hu-
man Rights. The Committee is

9 Arrested in Strike
Against NY Jewish
Social Agencies

NEW YORK, (JTA) — Nine
pickets, including a nurse, were
arrested as the strike of pro-
fessional social workers and
clerical and maintenance per-
sonnel at six Jewish casework
agencies continued. Settlement
efforts by the State Mediation
Board failed last weekend.
The nine pickets were charg-
ed with disorderly conduct for
allegedly blocking a truck at-
tempting to make a delivery at
the workshop of one of the
agencies involved, the Altro
Health and Rehabilitation Serv-
ice, in The Bronx.
The other agencies against
which more than 1,000 work-
ers are on strike are the Jew-
ish Board of Guardians, Jew-
ish Child Care Association of
New York, Jewish Commun-
ity Service of Long Island,
Jewish Family Service and
the Louise Wise Services.
Leaders of the striking union,
Local 1707 of the Community
and Social Agency Employees,
a section of the American Fed-
eration of State, County and
Municipal Employes, AFL-CIO,
said that the joint committee
for the agencies has refused to
entertain union demands on
wages, hours, working condi-
tions and union security.
The strike has been under
way since Feb. 20, and two ef-
forts to mediate, including a
'session Sunday, have failed.

represented here permanently
as an affiliate of the Interna-
tional League for the Rights of
Man.
The document—which also
assailed other countries, espe-
cially Iraq and Syria, of anti-
Jewish acts—was rare in that
it named the countries specif-
ically. Under the rules of the
Commission, nongovern-
mental organizations are not
allowed to accuse any country
by name.
The AJC submitted its com-
plaint against the Soviet Union
and other countries as a "com-
ment" which would aid the Com-
mission in making its periodic
report to the United Nations.
The AJC document has not yet
been circulated to members of
the Commission on the wider
dissemination of the charges.
Surveying the status of anti-
Semitism throughout the world,
the document noted that, in
Eastern Europe as a whole, "the
governments have undertaken
conscientiously to eradicate the
heritage of traditional and Nazi
anti-Semitism." It spotlighted
especially the easier situation
for Jews in Poland, Hungary,
Czechoslovakia and Romania.
(From Moscow it was report-
ed that the Communist Party
there has launched a major new
drive against all religions in
the Soviet Union. Teachers,

journalists and other key educa-
tion groups were ordered to
make special efforts to over-
come "the remnants of religion"
and to intensify atheistic propa-
ganda among adults and chil-
dren.)

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of the $15,360,000 building
fund campaign of the Federa-
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